Rivonia's Children

Rivonia's Children


By (author) Glenn Frankel

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  • Publisher: Jacana Media
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 620g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Johannesburg
  • ISBN 10: 1431402206
  • ISBN 13: 9781431402205

Product description

Rivonia's children is the harrowing and inspiring account of a number of white Jewish activists who risked their lives to battle apartheid when South Africa plunged into an era of darkness in the 1960s from which it has only recently emerged. This is the story of Hilda and Rusty Bernstein, long-time Communists so committed to the cause that even the threat of life imprisonment did not stop them; of Ruth First, a fiery activist held for months without charge; and of AnnMarie Wolpe, an innocent bystander sucked into this conflict, who had to decide whether or not to risk her own freedom and the life of her sick infant by helping her activist husband escape from prison. It was at their underground headquarters in Rivonia, a Johannesburg suburb, that their dreams of revolution were shattered after a police raid in 1963. Nelson Mandela, Rusty Bernstein and eight of their comrades were tried for treason; the Rivonia incursion not only destroyed an old order of benign radicalism but also thrust radicals into a new, dangerous world of action. The regime turned a corner as well, plunging headlong into an era of grotesque oppression and brutality. A searing tale of soaring hopes and ideals betrayed, Rivonia's Children tells the gripping and extremely moving story of the impact of political activism on the lives of three families.

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Author information

Glenn Frankel was the Washington Post's bureau chief in Southern Africa, Jerusalem and London, and winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He is Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in the USA.